Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bill Plympton - Career reviews of Pioneer Animators

Bill Plympton is an American animator, graphic designer, cartoonist and filmmaker who is best known for his several hand-drawn animated shorts - with his best known one being "Your Face" which was created in 1987. He studied graphic design at Portland State University from 1964 - 1968 and became a member of the film society there whilst also working on designing the yearbook. In 1968 he then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he majored in cartooning and graduated from SVA in 1969. His distinctive style is recognised easily for being somewhat similar to unrealistic drawings of celebrities due to his common use of over exaggerated and over and undersized facial features.

Numerous illustrations and cartoons of his have been published in magazines and newspapers, ranging from The NewYork Times, to Vogue and National Lampoon, and his political cartoon strip called Plympton which started in the Soho Weekly News in 1975 exceedingly expanded and later appeared in over 20 different newspapers. From 2012 Plympton has created over 40 animated short films and 6 animated features and he has also published his own comic book "The Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton".

He later released two DVDs of animated shorts both titles "Avoid Eye Contact" with two other independent New York City Animators and his work later appeared in a comedy series The Edge on Fox in 1992 - 1993 along with his animated series "Liquid Television" in the early 1990s, and in 1995 he broadened his horizons by contributing animation and graphics to a computer game collection called "Take Your Best Shot". He later collaborated with animator Don Hertzfeldt for the touring "The Don and Bill Show" which played in the USA, and in 2005 he animated a music video for Kanye West's "Heared 'Em Say" and created a music video for Weird Al Yankovics "Don't Download This Song".

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